As well as writing his own poetry, Gerry Cambridge founded the transatlantic magazine The Dark Horse, which remains Scotland’s leading poetry journal, in 1995. He is also an essayist, print designer and typographer, with a background in natural history photography. He lived in an Ayrshire caravan for twenty years before leaving to become a Brownsbank Fellow in Hugh MacDiarmid’s former home for 1997–1999. He has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2006–2009) and at Glasgow Caledonian University (2010–2012). His latest collection, The Light Acknowledgers, appeared in 2019 with HappenStance Press. In his early twenties he was, as far as he knows, one of the youngest ever regular freelancers, specialising in nature articles, for the UK Reader’s Digest, which at the time (the 1980s) had a monthly circulation of 1.5 million copies.
Minus Five —for Amit Majmudar It took place in the night. Miles up in the dark, out of untouchable height, such a weight fell, such a vast whirl and chaos while the folk slept, snug as spoons in a drawer, under each heavy cover, dreaming in cossetted warmth of whatever. Then it must have cleared, like a silent army going tremendously away, leaving behind the wide star-pricked sky and the moon’s liberated shining. So when I rose, blear-eyed, dragged, reluctant, to the things of day and the old wounds, and glanced out the door— a heartleap! Way into distance, all across the Highland morning, the singular peaks, incandescent in the light that had lifted itself out of amber to gold to the pristinest white in the eye. And acknowledged only briefly—for already the kettle was clicking off at my back— summit on summit lit out under blue to forever: magnificent, and very cold. Gerry Cambridge From The Light Acknowledgers & Other Poems (HappenStance, 2019)